Editor’s note: Michael Ratner, the pioneering civil rights and constitutional lawyer, died Wednesday from cancer complications at age 72. In 2013, Ratner spoke on Truthdig Radio with Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and former Truthdig Managing Editor Peter Scheer. To honor Ratner, we are reposting the audio of that interview.

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Julian Assange’s attorney, Michael Ratner, has a front seat to history. Also: Is this the golden age of the black quarterback? And a feminist explains why women can love Eminem. Plus: Robert Scheer on the pope.

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Guests, in order of appearance: Robert Scheer, David Stuckey, Michael Ratner, Marcia Dawkins.

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